Fundamentals of Philosophy / Edition 8

Fundamentals of Philosophy / Edition 8

by David Stewart, H. Gene Blocker, James Petrik
     
 

Thematically introduces students to the major philosophic thinkers.

Fundamentals of Philosophy offers a broad scope of classic and contemporary selections from the world’s major thinkers via a narrative format that presents difficult issues and readings in a simplified manner for students.

Its readings are grouped around

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Thematically introduces students to the major philosophic thinkers.

Fundamentals of Philosophy offers a broad scope of classic and contemporary selections from the world’s major thinkers via a narrative format that presents difficult issues and readings in a simplified manner for students.

Its readings are grouped around nine major themes/chapters, and are organized as a debate on one central issue. This approach helps students understand the argumentative style of philosophy, and learn how philosophic issues and solutions they encounter can be applied to their everyday life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780205242993
Publisher:
Pearson
Publication date:
03/01/2012
Series:
MyThinkingLab Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
544
Sales rank:
309,499
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1The Activity of Philosophy2
2Philosophy and the Examined Life13
3The Practice of Philosophy23
4Philosophy and the Search for Truth33
5The Life of Reason46
6Argument Forms53
7Inductive Arguments and Scientific Reasoning68
8Strategies for Philosophical Argument80
9Introduction to Metaphysics100
10Materialism125
11Idealism147
12The Mind-Body Problem164
13Metaphysics and Language177
14Introduction to Epistemology186
15Appearance and Reality193
16The Quest for Certainty208
17Trust Your Senses224
18A Compromise234
19The Challenges of Postmodernism247
20Introduction to Ethical Reasoning260
21The Need for Morality267
22The Morality of Self-Realization288
23Morality Depends on the Consequences304
24Morality Depends on Motives318
25Introduction to Philosophy and Religion330
26Arguments for God's Existence: The Ontological Argument346
27Arguments for God's Existence: The Cosmological Arguments359
28The Problem of Evil384
29Introduction to the Philosophy of Art398
30The Value of Art409
31Art as Ideal420
32Esthetics and Ideology433
33Introduction to Social Philosophy446
34The Libertarian View of the State455
35The Egalitarian View of the State469
36Justice as Fairness485
37Philosophy East and West500
38Eastern Thought: Theories of Human Nature506
39Eastern Thought: The Individual and the Collective524
Glossary of Terms544
Index555

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